Sport: Boston Brawl

Ring-wise fight fans took it for granted that Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio would have a rough night at the Boston Garden. If Challenger Tony DeMarco stayed on his feet for 15 rounds—so the speculation went—home-town officials would give him the title. All afternoon before the bout, odds on the champ dropped accordingly. By fight time, the price was 6 to 5. Basilio's handlers filed an angry beef with the Massachusetts Boxing Commission. "What gives?" wailed Co-Manager Johnny de John. "My boy is getting a bum deal."

In the champion's corner, only Basilio...

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